As the search for missing mother Florence Leung continues, it’s pointed a spotlight on the oft-taboo subject of postpartum depression and anxiety.
Postpartum depression is actually common. In fact, one in six women suffer from it.
Despite that, Pacific Postpartum Support Society director Sheila Duffy says many are still uncomfortable talking about it.
She says her organization’s support line receives about a four-thousand calls a year.
“Any mental health issue, there’s a lot of stigma attached. It can be really difficult if you are dealing with it to talk about it or reach out – and especially postpartum depression because there’s even more expectations that ‘you should be okay, good moms wouldn’t feel this way.'”
Duffy adds that the condition can also be tough to detect.
“We think of depression as looking a certain way, or somebody looks depressed, or they’re not getting out of bed or whatever you have in your mind of what that looks like. But the reality is that these moms could be looking very well put together, and look like they’re high functioning.”
Scott also says high anxiety is another sign of postpartum.
You can reach the Pacific Postpartum Support Society support line at: 604-255-7999 and toll free: 1-855-255-7999